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Check out these historical photos of NYC's subway cars and buses

Go for a ride back in time with these beautiful vintage photos of the MTA subway system, trolleys and more

By Tazi Phillips
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In a city as fast paced as New York, it's easy to get frustrated with the constant MTA delays, fare hikes, annoying commuters and dreadful line closures (we missed you, L train!). But once in a while it's important to remember how amazing our public transportation system really is. We've got one of the oldest, biggest, most expansive subway systems in the world, not to mention that it also runs 24 hours a day every day of the year. Rekindle your love of the MTA (however briefly) with our favorite historical and vintage photos of NYC's subway cars, trolleys and buses to remind you why NYC is the greatest city in the world.

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Circa 1890, 36th Street Station and Union Depot
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

36th Street Station/Union Depot circa 1890

2004.20 Lundin Collection
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

A Metropolitan Street Railway trolley navigates through construction on the first subway line at 17th Street and Fourth Avenue, 1902.

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Circa 1910, 5th Ave
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Fifth Avenue circa 1910

1910, Street car, 4th and Madison Ave.
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

4th and Madison Avenue streetcar, 1910

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1910, 5th Avenue bus
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

Fifth Avenue bus, 1910

1913, Thomas Edison and two other men standing outside of bus
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

Thomas Edison and two other men standing by a bus, 1913

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1913, Fifth Avenue Bus
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

Fifth Avenue bus, 1913

Circa 1920, Getting on Broadway Trolley
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

Boarding a Broadway trolley circa 1920

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1920, Subway car
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

Subway car, 1920

Harvey Mordetsky Collection 2008.16.9.226
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Car number 1064 on the Third Avenue Railway System's 42nd Street crosstown line, 1940

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Photograph: ClassicStock / Alamy

Buses outside Port Authority Bus Terminal, circa 1940s

2004.20 Lundin Collection
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Subway car circa 1940

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Photograph: ClassicStock / Alamy

Buses, taxis and cars outside New York Municipal Airport–LaGuardia Field circa 1940

2004.20 Lundin Collection
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Interior of World's Fair subway car, 1946

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Circa 1950, Bus
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Bus circa 1950

1951, Trolley at Propsect Park West and 15th Street
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Trolley at Prospect Park West and 15th Street, 1951

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1961, Bus
Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Bus, 1961

Circa 1970, Subway Car
Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New York Historical Society

Subway car circa 1970

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1977, Kingsway Theatre
Photograph: Coutesy Creative Commons/Wikimedia Commons/ Guyspeakwell

Kingsway Theatre on Kings Highway in Brooklyn, 1977

Circa 1980s, Subway car interior
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Olivier Nade

Subway car interior circa 1980s

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